When the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003 was passed, it was supposed to start a new era of silence -- as in, no more annoying dinner-time telemarketing calls.
The volume of calls did drop significantly after I registered my home and cell phone number with the Federal Trade Commission's National Do Not Call Registry. But because so many types of organizations are exempt from the legislation and so many shady companies ignore the rules, everyone I know still gets pestered relentlessly.
I have Caller ID, and use it to screen incoming calls but that does not stop the calls that wake me up early in the morning! And the new callers that pop up saying: “Out of Area” with no telephone number or another that says “unknown caller”. And, a new Smart Ass that uses the number 1-000-000-0000! The telephone company should not allow this. I once had a service that a recorder would go on if the caller did not identify themselves. That service from the telephone company no longer exists.
If I don't recognize the name or number, I let it go to voicemail. If the line goes dead, that usually means it was a robo-call and there was no live operator available. Either way, you'll likely continue to receive calls from the same number unless you take action. Again, I continue to report these calls.
The Telephone company is useless in helping with this matter. So, I’m paying my telephone company to allow these calls to annoy me! And, the Telemarketers are getting a free ride from the Telephone Company. I once paid to Block calls and that didn’t work either.
If a message is left by a Telemarketer and you think the organization is legitimate, call them back to request being put on their own internal Do Not Call list, which they're required to maintain by law or face steep fines. Log the date you make this request so if there are future violations, you'll be able to file an FTC complaint or, if the problem escalates, take the company to court.
I religiously report all these relentless calls to the FTC. I have no idea if they ever did anything about my complaints. These annoying calls continue as early as this morning at 7:45 AM and woke me up. It really stinks when you are not feeling well and finally got to sleep to welcome the very much rest needed and the damn phone wakes you up and it is a Telemarketer AGAIN!
Does anyone have a solution to this?